Travel Snobbery: The Bucket List

If I had a penny for every time I’ve seen a tweet or blog post dissing the old bucket list, I would be living in Claridge’s Hotel permanently due to the proceeds.  There is nothing wrong with a bucket list, let’s just stop with the travel snobbery folks!

Travel Snobbery: The Bucket List

^^Am petrified of heights but love hot air ballooning…ticked off Goreme and the Serengeti!  It’s worth every penny in both destinations.

Call it what you want, a wish list, a to do list, a life dreams list, your goals…but at the end of the day it’s really a bucket list – no matter what fancy words you use, it’s a list of things you want to do, see, experience or feel before you kick the ol’ bucket.  I have no problem with this term…we are all going to kick the bucket one day!

This year has taught me a valuable lesson again, you really don’t know when your time is up.  Remember Morgan Freeman and his bucket list, he had months to tick off things on that list.  Guess what, some people don’t have that chance.  Yes it’s totally possible to find out you have only days to live when you get diagnosed with cancer hence having no time to tick things off.

^^I love this scene in The Bucket List movie!

Don’t let travel snobbery stop you writing a bucket list of places or things you want to do.  I’ve started writing mine, suffered a bit with writers block then dory brain happened but every now and then I remember somewhere I want to visit or something that I really really really want to do and add it to my bucket list blog page.  A bucket list doesn’t have to be travel related either, it can be silly, fun things – I’ve got milk braids aka Heidi braids on mine!

Travel Snobbery: The Bucket List

^^Visiting the Christmas Markets…ticked off my bucket list but have returned many times as I adore them!

Travel Bloggers: visit places you want to visit, don’t always accept that press trip or free holiday or visit a place that is blog worthy and doesn’t really interest you.  Travel where you want to visit….I’m more likely to read a travel blog where I know the person is living out their dream holiday rather than a press trip…I get so much enjoyment out of reading smaller blogs these days as you experience the excitement in every post rather than a blog that feels slightly corporate.

Travel Snobbery: The Bucket List

^^Meeting my Croatian family…meaningful travel…sorry about the blurry pic!

Write down things that interest you!  There’s no point going somewhere just because it’s become seriously cool or on some buzzfeed style article…you know the one, the 10 countries you must visit before you turn 30….apparently you can’t visit these countries after you turn 30…but as I said in this post, you bloody well can…age shouldn’t stop you for exploring…you can visit anywhere you want at any age.

Travel Snobbery: The Bucket List

^^I didn’t eat tomatoes for quite some time after La Tomatina

Don’t be afraid to write a bucket list and think that others are judging you for writing that list!  Who cares what these travel snobs think!  There is nothing wrong if you don’t tick off everything on your bucket list but you will definitely have fun trying.

Travel Snobbery: The Bucket List

^^Travelled through Africa for 7 weeks and ticked off going on safari…and getting my feet bitten by a cheetah

It’s okay only to tick off one item each year when you can afford it…bloody hell…I work my arse off to pay my bills and to save money to go away on holiday when time allows.  I saw an article recently saying that they hate bucket lists and they just go out and do it without waiting…well that’s great but in the real world guess what…people have jobs, limited amounts of holiday entitlement and they have to save up.  FACT!  Do what you can afford as money doesn’t grow on trees.

Travel Snobbery: The Bucket List

^^Libya was on my bucket list…I consider myself extremely lucky to have visited this beautiful country…we had a giggle only last night about me almost getting my bare bottom bitten by puppies!

You don’t have to wait until you’re really really old or have a terminal disease to tick off your bucket list either…you can tick it off whenever you fancy…it’s your life!  Do it when you’re ready!

Travel Snobbery: The Bucket List

^^Adore Jane Austen so am slowly ticking things off my Jane Austen bucket list…I have a main bucket list then another one or a million on the side!

Don’t judge people whom don’t have travel on their bucket list…some folks are more than happy to create a beautiful home for themselves and their families and that’s just as worthwhile as visiting Paris.

Travel Snobbery: The Bucket List

^^Eating a danish in Denmark in my gluten eating monster days!

You only have one life, so be happy in the way you live it and live it for yourself!

Travel Snobbery: The Bucket List

^^Ticking off two things from my bucket list..riding a camel and visiting the pyramids!

So here is a link to my bucket list page and my completed bucket list page.  Feel free to leave your bucket list in my comments box below as I would love to see what you’ve got on your list…it doesn’t have to be travel related!  It’s rather interesting to see what is on your own list when you start writing one.


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  1. June 22, 2016 / 11:58 PM

    Loved this Kelly!!!! We have a spreadsheet/bucket list of priority countries which changes every few years. My main one is that we make it to Bhutan ONE DAY but it doesn’t matter when that is. That’s my main rock, the rest are just awesome more attainable pebbles. Right now though the list is mostly about making sure we can pay the bills and give the kids day to day happy memories even if that is just ensuring they have some muddy puddles to jump in.
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    • June 23, 2016 / 5:30 AM

      Bhutan would be amazing Kat! Your list right now is awesome and your babies will appreciate that when they’re older…muddy puddles rock! I love that you have it on a spreadsheet; the accountant in me is doing a happy dance hehe xx

  2. Caitlin Jean
    June 23, 2016 / 5:23 AM

    I did have a 30 before 30 list which I successful achieved 21 items in one year [Age 29] and I am slowly working on the remaining 9 items [Age 31]. This list was insane and covered all aspects of my life and preparing myself to be a “proper adult” like investing, charity, health, silliness, DIY, career, family and friends. Sort of like celebrating turning 30 for a whole year.

    As for travelling I have a constant list of 5 countries and as one is ticked off I add another. Currently my top 5 travel destinations are:- Singapore, The Netherlands, Nepal, Argentina & Botswana. Recently been to Cuba and next mini vacation is Oman.

    Two of my biggest and proudest bucket list items are: Hiking the Inca trail to Machu Picchu and Tandem Skydive

    • June 23, 2016 / 5:37 AM

      That’s an amazing achievement ticking off 21 items especially as it covered such a variety of areas. Loved that you included investments!
      I’m very similar, I remove something from my list and then add another destination. Botswana is beautiful, have very fond memories of that part of the world and the amount of elephants were just plain crazy. I hope you get to visit snd enjoy it as much as I did.
      And yes you should be proud of the Inca Trajl and the skydive – 2 huge bucket list items and very challenging at the same time Caitlin. Amazing!

  3. June 23, 2016 / 8:20 AM

    this is a great post! I don’t have a real bucket list but I do write down occasionally cities/countries I want to visit without a set time period. I also write down other non travel related items, things I’d like to do /accomplish eventually:) Some of the places on my bucket list are:Ireland,New York, Australia :)
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    • June 23, 2016 / 8:51 AM

      Thanks Tanja! I write down my bucket list ideas all over the place…it keeps me a bit more focused when I take my holidays. Those bucket list destinations are awesome love, I hope you have the chance to visit xx

  4. June 23, 2016 / 9:48 AM

    Gah! I feel like the zika virus has thwarted my bucket list!! I want to go to Brazil, Argentina, Peru and Chile!! As you know for me it’s about ticking these things off before we have a baby. Bucket lists are great, but I feel like I’m putting pressure on myself!
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    • June 23, 2016 / 10:45 AM

      Ohhh Angie, the zika virus will sort itself out and you will get to South America one day. Your health is more important for you and your future family. I like to think of my bucket list as a work in progress and a bit of fun, I tick things off and then replace with two new things which is just so typical. I’m sure your bucket list will change when you have a family xx

  5. June 23, 2016 / 12:55 PM

    Great post Kelly, love this! I think there’s nowt wrong with a bucket list of any kind. Mine’s currently in my head, but as Im getting scattier with every passing year I think I need to get it written down asap lol.

    So jealous you’ve experienced Tomatina, would you recommend it? And what the hell is this about puppies biting your butt? :s
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    • June 23, 2016 / 9:23 PM

      Haha Keri, it’s why I’ve made a special blog page for my bucket list…I keep forgetting where I want to go!
      La Tomatina is something you would only do once, it’s interesting. It’s just one huge food fight and it’s very crowded…I really can’t explain it or say if I would recommend it really but I’m glad I’ve done it xx

  6. June 23, 2016 / 2:43 PM

    I’m one of those people who don’t care for bucket lists, but it’s not because of travel snobbery at all! I simply don’t like the pressure that I put on myself when I have a “to-do” list and the requirement to check them off. For me, that sucks the fun out of it! But obviously for others it’s motivation! So I can see it both ways.

    I do agree with you about bloggers and press trips. I don’t read blogs where more than 25% of their trips are press trips because this whole “influencer” thing freaks me out. It’s essentially being paid or accepting a free trip in exchange for trying to convince others to go there, or do that thing, or stay somewhere not because THEY found it and love it but because someone is paying them to say it. It doesn’t matter if they actually enjoyed themselves because the damage is already done – you’re less trustworthy if you’ve been given something in exchange for your “opinion”. Just my two cents.
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    • June 23, 2016 / 9:31 PM

      You are the second person to say about the pressure element and it’s not something that I’ve ever thought about…I do often say, so many places and not enough time which is true with just life in general.

      Sarah it totally freaks me out as well and I totally agree with your two cents! There was something recently where they sent a group of bloggers on a press trip and the destination looked boring as hell…nobody could jazz up the destination in any blog post that I read as you could tell most of them had never heard of the destination prior to the press trip.

  7. June 23, 2016 / 6:02 PM

    I love this! I’ve never really encountered any snobbery towards my bucket lists which is just as well as writing them is one of my favourite things to do. It helps to keep track of all the places I want to go (and boy are there a lot!) and I love reading other people’s lists too for inspiration. I recently did a 30 before 30 challenge where I just listed all the countries I want to visit. Now ay will I do them all, but it’s all about the fun of trying! Off to stalk your bucket lists now :)

    • June 23, 2016 / 9:20 PM

      It’s one of my favourites things as well Sarah! I’m exactly like you, it’s a fab way of keeping your travel plans on track and they’re so inspiration worthy. Go you…there are some really fabulous countries out there to explore xx

  8. June 23, 2016 / 6:48 PM

    I like it, well put! However I audited your bucket list and there is one missing… AZORES!

    • June 23, 2016 / 9:15 PM

      Dory brain Anna hehe! Going to add it now…also had a look at the hotel options in the Azores, there are so really good options! I’ve got my sturdy walking boots ready xx

  9. June 23, 2016 / 8:23 PM

    Hear hear! And while I’m at it, what exactly is wrong with being a ‘tourist’?! You get a lot of ‘oh I’m a traveller, I wouldn’t dream of just seeing the mass option things’. Well you know what, I like seeing the big ticket items! I’m glad I’ve seen the Eiffel Tower or Westminster Abbey!
    Ok rant over, lovely bucket list xx

    • June 23, 2016 / 9:14 PM

      EXACTLY!!!! So do I Manasi…it’s why we all go travelling. It’s my next rant hehe! xx

  10. June 24, 2016 / 1:49 AM

    Love love love this! I keep a private bucket list with all sorts of things on it from travel to maybe chopping my hair into a pixie one day. I think it sort of keeps me accountable to keep trying new things and its just generally fun to put together. Been seeing so many posts lately judging about other people’s travel styles– just let everyone live and do what you like! Love the positivity of this post :)

    • November 21, 2017 / 7:50 PM

      Kassie, I totally get this as I have the same…I wanted milk plaits aka Heidi plaits and now I have just chopped all my hair off…doh! It is so fun putting it together and can give a bit more focus as there are so many places to visit and a list makes you remember the spots you want to visit as a person rather than where everyone else is going.
      I’m with you; the best way to travel is for yourself the way you love! xx

  11. June 24, 2016 / 2:12 PM

    Very inspiring :) I find myself returning to the same places over and over even though I love discovering new things! (Admittedly, I always stay with people I know so the free accommodation helps..) I always add places to my mental bucket list but could probably do with writing it down! xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Food, Travel, Italy

    • November 21, 2017 / 7:45 PM

      Haha I agree with you Lucy, free accommodation helps! I enjoy both…if you love somewhere why not revisit it again and again xx

  12. June 24, 2016 / 3:48 PM

    I think it’s all a matter of perspective – I’m one of those who dislike the term . Not so much “bucket”, but “list”. Yes, the pressure element is there but also I feel that lists are meant for chores and errands! Its a shame I associate it that way (instead of positively looking at it as GOALS) It’s not snobbery , but more of my disdain of being sadly surrounded by people who will not go back or do something again because “Oh I’ve already ticked that one off.”
    Having said that though, I’m a big tourist person! I don’t care if its uncool , I was in Disneyworld last month, I wore sparkling blue Minnie ears the entire day and felt like a million disney dollars!

    • January 7, 2018 / 1:57 PM

      Goals is a good word Jean!
      I’m with you Jean, I am big tourist person and I love the label. Haha about Disneyland, I will have to share some photos of me in Disneyland from our trip to the US in 2016…ears and all!

  13. June 29, 2016 / 3:56 PM

    I failed my 30 by 30 list and am now planning on turning it in to a bucket list – life is too short, if you don’t know what you’re aiming to do before you’re old and wrinkly how can you benchmark how well you’ve lived your life? xx

    • June 29, 2016 / 7:41 PM

      You haven’t failed Leanne…you’ve just realised that there is still life after 30! ;-) hehe Exactly…wise words! xx